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More Tom Brace Live Socially Distanced Shows

Tom Brace has more live shows planned as part of his “Eat, Sleep,Amaze, Repeat” tour on Monday the 26th of October for half term. Coming to the South Mill Arts centre in Bishops Stortford. Read a write up in the local paper here. The show is socially distanced and COVID secure. Book tickets here. https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/whats-on/brace-yourself-magician-toms-got-a-host-of-new-tricks-up-his-sleeve-9124149/

More Online Shows For Vincenzo Ravina

Vincenzo Ravina has another online show this coming Friday the 23rd and Sunday the 25th of October. . If you haven’t seen his show “Savour the Sea from a Distance”, I attended last month and I can recommend. Read my review here which is spoiler free and book via eventbrite here. Price for tickets is in Canadian dollars and you pay a donation for the ticket of an amount of your choice. Other show dates and times are likely to be advertised in future. This particular show just happens to be more UK friendly time wise. Show write up on eventbrite: Hello, my name is Vincenzo Ravina and I'm a collector of weird stuff. In this unusual interactive show, I'll take you on a guided, interactive tour of my collection of magical artifacts. During the course of the tour, we'll bestow luck to the unlucky, see what's inside the Anything Box, try to divine the future, and maybe even test out a Coincidence Machine. As an audience member, you'll be participating and making choices that alter the course of the experience all the way through. You'll need a working camera and microphone to participate. Tickets are per household, so bring your friends and family along!

Review of Extrasensory Deceptions - Online Charity Show With Christopher Howell

Magic Circle Magician Christopher Howell is advertising lots of online Zoom dates to support the Breathe Magic programme, that is part of Breathe Arts Health Research. The show is called Extrasensory Deceptions and has multiple dates (10) organised with lots of opportunities to see the show in October and November. The show I attended was on Sunday the 18th of October and lasted about 50 minutes. Tickets are free and you are requested, if you can, to donate at the end of the show. The Breathe Arts Magic programme is an Intensive Therapy Foundation designed to help young people with hemiplegia and provide them with therapy that transforms them into magicians. Therapists work with the Magic Circle magicians to teach magic tricks that help develop skills like cognitive, hand and arm function and other benefits. Christopher is an established performer who supports the programme. An Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, he appears regularly at events internationally and on television. He has also performed at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. When I booked my ticket, I booked on the same day of the show. They request you do not book unless you can definitely attend, so I held off booking until I knew I would be able to join the show that day and review. Once booked, supporting emails were sent with joining instructions before the show. On joining, video played and technical support was offered via chat. About 20 audience members logged on from around the world and audience management was good, advising all to mute. It was also suggested that you have a few props at hand.

It is a family friendly show. Though, to participate in the interactive elements, you need to be over 15. Christopher has put together an excellent and enjoyable show especially for this cause. He has a great manner and is very confident talking to the audience and camera. Style wise, lots of mentalism. All aspects of the show are interactive. Please see details below for the official write up about the event(s) on eventbrite. You can book here. Tickets are free but as a charity event, donations are requested after the show using JustGiving. Here. Dates and times for the shows are at the bottom of this page, along with the official show details. For more about the charity, details here. Recommended show for a very good cause. Thank you Christopher. EXTRASENSORY DECEPTIONS: Interactive Zoom magic show by Magic Circle magician Christopher Howell. Grab the front seat and belt up for an online experience of magical extrasensory connections! Join Magic Circle magician Christopher Howell who will perform his interactive magic show on Zoom to fundraise for Breathe Magic. It's an unexpected journey full of magic and wonder from the comfort of your home.

HOW TO WATCH? To participate in this event, you must download Zoom (free download available here.) You will receive your link to attend the show by email one hour before showtime.
VIEWERS PER TICKET: Please book one ticket per device/Zoom account and do not share your link. Maximum recommended two people per device / Zoom account. Links to your show will be sent the day of.
SUITABLE FOR? The show is 'family safe' however only over-15s may participate. Any child watching should be accompanied by an adult.
WHY IS IT FREE? As this is a fundraiser, the show is free to attend however a donation will be welcomed after the show. All proceeds are in support of the Breathe Magic programme run by Breathe Arts Health Research. Here's where you can donate.
SPECIAL REQUEST: Please be considerate to others and only book tickets if you are committing to attend 100% . If your plans change, cancel your tickets with Eventbrite asap.
PERFORMANCE LENGTH: 50 minutes.
Read more about magician Christopher Howell.

“Christopher Howell managed to read my mind from 5,000 miles away! He then proceeded to pluck an imaginary card from my hands in Las Vegas and have it manifest in his hands in London. Incredible!”
-John Harrison
DATES & TIMES:
OCTOBER
Saturday 10th 19:30

Sunday 11th 19:30
Sunday 18th 19:30
Tuesday 20th 19:30
Wednesday 21st 19:30
Friday 30th 19:30

NOVEMBER
Tues 3rd 19:30
Weds 4th 19:30

Saturday 7th 19:30

Saturday 7th 21:00

My Week In Magic - Update 8

While my vlog reviews of cards have now finished for the time being, I continue to buy cards. The advantage of not filming reviews though is that I can keep the decks sealed. I have purchased the new Bicycle Dragon Blue Deck. From Kickstarter, I have also received by new Aqua decks and the new circle game deck. I also received my new Ape deck and trainer deck as well from Ash Marlow Magic. Ive lost count how many decks I bought from Kickstarter earlier in the Summer so expecting some more between now and Christmas. Online shows wise, I have booked about five online shows recently that I will look forward too. I plan to review as many as possible and I am sure that a highlight will be the Ben Hanlin show that I have booked. Shows that I attended during the past week include Harris Fellman and Billy Reid. Both shows were enjoyable and I have published reviews. I also watched the Ben Hart online show on Friday night. The review was published yesterday. Non card purchases have included the Chris Cross book and poster that was also signed. And I received my signed Jay & Joss photo as well to add to the collection last week. Really pleased with the Chris Cross poster which I will get framed. A big moment during the week was also the BGT final with Magical Bones. it was quite the surprise to find 5 magicians in the final. I realise some were not happy about that but better than having five singers, which we normally get year after year. Unfortunately though, having 5 magicians in the final probably prevented one of them winning with 5 all competing for the magician vote(s). What with reviews and tour news, the site has kept me busy this week. Keep an eye out for the next online show review that I am currently writing. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Breathe Magic’s 10 Year Bash

Eventbrite are advertising the following charity event that maybe of interest. Featuring performances by magic circle magicians. Visit here for details. Tuesday the 10th of November at 7pm online. Join us for an evening of magic, fun and memories to celebrate the 10th Birthday of the Breathe Magic programme. On the 10th November at 7pm, Breathe Patrons, Jim Carter OBE (of Downton Abbey fame) and Imelda Staunton CBE (from Harry Potter!) will be hosting a very special 10th Birthday celebration for Breathe Magic and YOU are invited.
From the Kiln Theatre in London, directly to your living room, join us online for a ‘one night only’ evening of magic, fun and memories as we celebrate the important impact of Breathe Magic.
You’ll see breath-taking performances from our world class, Magic Circle, Magicians which will be sure to leave you wowed and wondering ‘how did they do that’?!
You’ll also have the chance to hear from some of our brilliant Young Magicians who have been on their own journey through the Breathe Magic Programme. You’ve seen what progress looks like at day 10 after 10 days on Breathe Magic Camp but what does progress look like 10 years on?! Hear their inspiring stories as we look back at the last 10 years. If you’re watching carefully, you might even see some familiar faces…
Secure your (free) ticket now as places are strictly limited.

Review of Ben Hart - 2 Metre Magic Online Show

While I knew that Ben Hart was performing socially distanced shows this year, I did not know that he was streaming some of the shows live. A lot of the advertising focused on the social distanced live theatre show rather than the available stream. When I discovered that one of the live performances was also streaming, I bought a ticket straight away. While I am used to interactive Zoom magic, this show was a live stream only via the site Fane. Streamed live on the evening of Friday the 16th Oct from The Crazy Coqs theatre in central London. Ticket price was reasonable and in purchasing a ticket, I was encouraged to sign up to the Fane website with emails received prior to the show. I had not used the Fane website before. Quality of the actual stream was excellent with good picture quality. I streamed the show on a Samsung TV so I was able to watch comfortably. I wasn’t a fan of the Fane website user interface if I’m honest. It did not feel intuitive to find your purchases and I had to search for the artist name to view the show rather then go into an account/purchases area. However, it may be partly related to being a first time user, but it did not spoil the actual show. The show itself was an hour in length with multi camera angles and close ups with good lighting. Ben was well rehearsed and appeared to be enjoying performing live. My reviews are always spoiler free. Attempting to give a general flavour without giving anything away, some of the tricks were older classics with props, that you do not see performed often. Ben also performed plenty of card magic and effects with metal. The show was packed with tricks and was fast paced in the most part. Those who were in the audience were lucky to witness such a close up show and witness Ben perform live. If you get a chance to attend one of the 2 metre magic shows or watch a stream, you need to do it! I have tickets to see Ben‘s theatre tour next year and I hope it will go ahead. In the meantime, it has to be recommended that any fans of magic or Ben Hart attempt to watch this show.

Magicians of Yesteryear: Tommy Cooper

I remember seeing Tommy Cooper on TV as a child. One of the most famous comedy magicians of all time. Famous for many of his routines that include the glass, bottle, bottle, glass routine and the duck trick.

If you haven’t seen these tricks, you have to watch. Often performed by other artists, as classics. A true comedian and magician. Tommy was born in 1921 and died in 1984 of a heart attack while performing live on television. A tragic end. The best reference links that I could find for more info about Tommy are as follows. As so much material is online, it made sense for this blog post to be a reference point for some Tommy Cooper materials which includes biographies, how he died, blogs and lists of tricks : Biography sites wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Cooper Website https://www.tommy-cooper.com/ Biography Online
https://www.biographyonline.net/comics/tommy-cooper.html IMDB https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178426/ Image Gallery https://www.tommy-cooper.com/gallery/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/janecwardrop/tommy-cooper/ https://youtu.be/g7Oae0_UGRMhttps://youtu.be/5yNzkMqBToc

Magic Circle Unlocked

The following is being advertised by the Magic Circle and a dedicated FaceBook page Has been setup. Details below: The Magic Circle invites magicians from around the world to join then on November 15th with a free live online event that will give you a peek behind the curtain of this most prestigious and global magic society. The live show will feature contributions from leading stars of magic including David Williamson, Wayne Dobson, Jeff McBride, Luis de Matos, Andy Nyman, Michael Ammar, Gregory Wilson, Charlie Frye, Doc Eason, Laura London and many more surprise guests. Top international magic dealers will demonstrate the latest magic available with exclusive discounts and offers. Watch live for a chance to win incredible prizes kindly donated from our magic dealers and other one-off prizes. Make plans to join on November 15th by simply heading to the dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/themagiccircleunlocked/ and click like for updates. The event is scheduled for 7pm GMT.

New Show Reviews Page

With so many opportunities to now see online shows, I attempt to attend and review as many performances as possible that I can then recommend. I use my blog to publish the reviews and it makes sense to create a review section so that they can be easily accessed. Visit the new show reviews page here. Just launched a couple of weeks ago with new content already being added. Show reviews will continue to be posted within the blog. The only difference being that the reviews will eventually make their way to the new review page so they can easily be found. I plan to update the reviews page every few weeks with any new reviews that I publish in the blog. Hopefully in the future, I will get to attend some of the rescheduled live shows that I have booked in theatres as well. Would be great to publish live reviews. Below is a listing of all the recent show reviews that will feature on the page for starters. Some of the shows are still being performed by the artists so I attempt to write spoiler free shows. I have lots of online shows booked to review and my Ben Hart review will be added soon. Recent reviews include:

Harris Fellman Billy Reid Jay & Joss Vincenzo Ravina Magical Bones - A Kind if Magic Magic Singh Justin Willman - Magic For Humans From Home Kerry Scorah, Mark Shorthouse and An Evening (In) of Deception

Elliot Bibby Wayne Trice And Olver Tabor - Magic At The Barn Tom Brace - Connected https://www.magicseats.co.uk/show-reviews-1

New Ben Hanlin “Shazoom” Show On Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for the new Ben Hanlin interactive online show - Shazoom. Purchase using eventbrite. Early bird prices are also available for those who book fast. Current dates available are on Weds 21st, 28th of October and the 4th of November. Visit eventbrite here. Official write up on eventbrite is as follows: This is Ben Hanlin’s brand new LIVE Magic show. One hour of interactive magic & comedy for the entire family beemed straight into your home. “I am so excited to perform some of my favourite tricks and brand new ones. As always, the audience have a massive part to play, so you won’t just be watching a magic show, you’ll be in it!”
What you need to know:
Just like any other magic show, choose the date and time that you and your family would like to watch the show, buy a ticket.
You will instantly receive confirmation of your purchase. Before the day of the show you will be sent the exact Zoom login for that show.
Ben may interact with you at some point, so be prepared to be part of the show!

Magician of the Week - Mandy Muden

Mandy is our magician of the week as she is one of our favourites. As a comedy magician, Mandy’s magic is entertaining, first class and performed with great humour. If you haven’t checked out Mandy’s act, use the links below to search for Mandy. You can also watch her videos on You Tube. To date, I haven’t been able to see Mandy perform live yet but hope to do so soon. When I had tickets to see her last year, I had to cancel due to ill health at the time. Mandy sent a get well soon video which was kind of her and I still have that. Brilliant video which still puts a smile on my face. Mandy is a hard working magician, who often tours comedy clubs etc. She is also an actress appearing in pantomime and TV. She hosts many corporate functions and is in constant demand, appearing on Britain’s got Talent a few years back. Her humour is cheeky and she is very funny.

I had the opportunity to interview her a couple of months ago and the article was one of the sites most popular pages to date. Check out the interview here if you haven’t read it already. Social media links follow at end of profile. Profile: Bio: Mandy is the only woman ever to combine Comedy and Magic on the UK Comedy and Corporate circuits and has been awarded The Magic Circle Carlton Award for Comedy in Magic. She has a striking personality with a razor sharp wit and so creates a fantastic rapport, offering a great line in audience participation. She can adapt her show to any type of event and audience from an intimate gathering to a massive auditorium. Having performed all over the world from Comedy Clubs to Buckingham Palace. Visit her website. Website: https://www.mandymudenmagic.com/

FaceBook: https://m.facebook.com/MandyMudenMagic Twitter: https://twitter.com/MandyMuden?s=21 YouTube: No you tube channel.

Instagram: https://instagram.com/mandymuden?igshid=1bdbia6zfyqit

Extasensory Deceptions - Online Charity Show With Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell, who is a member of the magic circle is advertising lots of online dates to support the charity Breathe Arts Health Research. Please see details below for the official write up about the event(s) on eventbrite. You can book here. Tickets are free but as a charity event, donations are requested after the show. Dates available are from the 18th of October and all dates and times are at the bottom of this page. For more about the charity, details here. EXTRASENSORY DECEPTIONS: Interactive Zoom magic show by Magic Circle magician Christopher Howell. Grab the front seat and belt up for an online experience of magical extrasensory connections! Join Magic Circle magician Christopher Howell who will perform his interactive magic show on Zoom to fundraise for Breathe Magic. It's an unexpected journey full of magic and wonder from the comfort of your home.

HOW TO WATCH? To participate in this event, you must download Zoom (free download available here.) You will receive your link to attend the show by email one hour before showtime.
VIEWERS PER TICKET: Please book one ticket per device/Zoom account and do not share your link. Maximum recommended two people per device / Zoom account. Links to your show will be sent the day of.
SUITABLE FOR? The show is 'family safe' however only over-15s may participate. Any child watching should be accompanied by an adult.
WHY IS IT FREE? As this is a fundraiser, the show is free to attend however a donation will be welcomed after the show. All proceeds are in support of the Breathe Magic programme run by Breathe Arts Health Research. Here's where you can donate.
SPECIAL REQUEST: Please be considerate to others and only book tickets if you are committing to attend 100% . If your plans change, cancel your tickets with Eventbrite asap.
PERFORMANCE LENGTH: 50 minutes.
Read more about magician Christopher Howell.

“Christopher Howell managed to read my mind from 5,000 miles away! He then proceeded to pluck an imaginary card from my hands in Las Vegas and have it manifest in his hands in London. Incredible!”
-John Harrison
DATES & TIMES:
OCTOBER
Saturday 10th 19:30

Sunday 11th 19:30
Sunday 18th 19:30
Tuesday 20th 19:30
Wednesday 21st 19:30
Friday 30th 19:30

NOVEMBER
Tues 3rd 19:30
Weds 4th 19:30

Saturday 7th 19:30

Saturday 7th 21:00